Connectors in Big Data Solutions Link Data Necessary for Comprehensive Picture

February 12, 2013

A recent article from GigaOM furthers the conversation in the midst of what some describe as a data backlash in “Why Big Data Matters and Data-ism Doesn’t.” New York Times columnist David Brooks is credited with coining the term data-ism to characterize the common phenomenon where people reduce everything in the world to statistics and this GigaOM writer agrees that data-ism is something to stay far away from.

While many data enthusiasts are simply content with lists of data and statistics for the sake of the data, it is important to see beyond the mere data points. Big data and the technological tools available are helping to further the possibilities and opportunities that data offers every field from research to business.

The author of this article states:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the real value of data isn’t just in uncovering statistical realities, but in finding methods for doing so where it was hitherto impossible and in creating entirely new products that change the way we interact with our world. Big data is a technological revolution centered around collecting, storing and processing more data of more types than ever before.

One way we are seeing the larger connections hidden within the various and high volumes of data points that make big data arise to the surface is through solutions like PolySpot. This technology scores big in the realm of connectors with over one hundred different types.

Megan Feil, February 12, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search.

Decision Making Only Becomes Easier for CMOs with PolySpot

February 6, 2013

Last year, Gartner forecasted that by 2017, the CMO would be spending more on IT than the CIO. The landscape of office politics has caused what Forbes is calling “Big Data Star Wars: The CMO/CIO Wars Continue.” Money drives the decisions in external business affairs and clearly the same is the case for internal issues as well.

Acknowledging that IT budgets are shrinking and CMO desires to tap into insights from unstructured data platforms is only increasing, the article purports the trend as a continuing one.

The article states:

Marketers want to do more with big data in 2013, which probably means they will increase the pressure on the IT department or by-pass it with cloud-based resources. More than half of the survey respondents said they have already started implementing real-time data and plan to make greater use of it in 2013 to drive more personalized marketing campaigns, with another 30 percent saying they plan on using it for the first time or consider using it.

Many of the technology resources available to organizations aid in connecting departments across the enterprise with information access to insights churned from big data solutions. One such technology that we have seen make waves in this area is PolySpot. Their library of over one hundred connectors makes decision making for business professionals a cinch.

Megan Feil, February 6, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search.

Data Quality and Delivery Ensured By Over One Hundred Connectors in Solution by PolySpot

January 30, 2013

Information Management discusses how businesses can be a part of “Revealing Big Data’s Secrets” for their own gain in this recent article. The article explains that too much has been covered in the media in regards to big data that discusses the what and why of the matter. How is the weak link in this inherently necessary triumvirate of information to help businesses in beginning deployment of big data technologies.

Businesses who have found out why they need big data and what it is are perfectly poised to gain competitive advantage from big data if they take the next steps to utilize the right technologies.

The article states:

Our research into operational intelligence found that the use of events is a critical part of the big data environment. At the same time the skills of master data management and data governance do not go away, and in fact become important to address the business accuracy question that inevitably pops up when more data becomes available to be utilized. Our research into product information management has found that the drive for data quality is changing organizations’ approaches.

Data quality and integrity is very important to businesses as they work to churn insights out of data. One solution we have seen from PolySpot offers more than one hundred connectors to ensure that data is delivered in the proper form.

Megan Feil, January 30, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search.

PolySpot Enables Access to Actionable Insights

January 21, 2013

After several years of articles focused simply on what big data means, the time has finally arrived where many media outlets are moving beyond definitions in their coverage. HR Bartender breaches the subject of massive volumes of petabytes in regards to the opportunities and actionable information it produces in their recent article, “Moving from Big Data to Real Insight.”

The article tells us to acknowledge but bypass skepticism, focus on success and build off of small victories. Among many professional tips and guidelines for creating insights out of numbers, the  author emphasizes the prime motivation as enabling a better customer and client experience.

The article recommends:

It’s important to understand how to get insights from our data. And before companies try to incorporate big data into their strategy, here are a few things to consider. Identify the “why”. Companies need to know why they are gathering data. Example: In the IBM CEO study, chief executives talk about building data to serve their customers. Their goal is to empower customer facing staff by using analytics to create a better customer experience.

Moving the needle from a chaotic array of data holed up in silos in various programs and applications will be challenging without the proper infrastructure component. PolySpot, for example, with over one hundred connectors aids in the technological side of information access.

Megan Feil, January 21, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search

PolySpot Uncovers and Delivers Vital Enterprise Information

January 11, 2013

We’ve heard it before and we’re hearing it again: computers and data are nothing without the intelligence and analysis skills of data scientists. This time the age-old insight comes from a recent GigaOM article called “Why Big Data Might Be More About Automation Than Insights.”

The author discussed how attorneys are using big data technologies to sift through terabytes of electronic documents with Recommind CEO Bob Tennant.

The following insight was shared from their conversation:

Predictive coding, as it’s called, frees them up to focus more on case strategy than on the tedium of analyzing every single PDF and email message to figure out if it’s relevant to a case. However, he noted, although the software typically does a better job than a person alone would do, most law firms still use a hybrid man-machine approach to leverage the strengths of both and ensure nothing gets missed.

While big data technologies are certainly replacing the need for employees to manually read huge stacks of documents, we would not say that automation is where these technologies end. Key insights are delivered from business intelligence software like PolySpot that, through connectors, has the capability of uncovering information from over 100 different file types.

Megan Feil, January 11, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search

Study Reveals Data and Solutions that Allow for Analysis to be as Valuable as Land, Labor and Capital

January 8, 2013

We lucked into finding a copy of Capgemini EIU Big Data Study available for perusing on Slide Share. The Economist Intelligence Unit from this consultancy agency surveyed over 600 business leaders worldwide and across different industry sectors about the use of Big Data in their organizations.

The survey pointed to certain challenges for decision making arising from Big Data. Volume is not the toughest problem for analysts to deal with. 85% of respondendts felt that the challenge lies in the access to big data and the ability to analyze it in real-time.

The article states:

Familiar challenges relating to data quality, governance and consistency also remain relevant, with 56% of respondents citing organisational silos as their biggest problem in making better use of BigData. For our respondents, data is now the fourth factor of production, as essential as land, labour and capital. It follows that tomorrow’s winners will be the organisations that succeed in exploiting Big Data, for example by applying advanced predictive analytic techniques in real time.

It is clear from this article and the findings reported in the study that a greater emphasis must be placed on connectors, such as those found in solutions from PolySpot. Their infrastructure technologies allow analysts to easily access and analyze data in real time.

Megan Feil, January 8, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search.

PolySpot Steers Organizations Towards the Data Driven Ideal

January 7, 2013

While companies have been striving for operating in a data-driven manner for over a century, there are still factors that prevent this supposed ideal from reaching the full potential. Forbes discusses recent studies on this topic in their article, “Big Data in the Enterprise: A Lesson or Two from Big Brother.”

A recent survey by Capgemini and the Economist Intelligence Unit delves into the depths on just how data-driven companies are today. Results have shown that many organizations are struggling to keep up with huge volumes of data. Unfortunately, almost 55 percent of respondents from around the world said that big data solutions were not recognized as necessary by senior level management in their companies.

The article discusses the processes involved in crunching big data down to size:

Once the data has been ingested, the next most critical aspect will be data storage. To gain maximum value, data needs to be potentially pre-processed in memory, and then stashed away for further analysis including trending and comparing over time. For this, fast disks and often petabytes of it with the right software that makes it possible to find data down the road, is needed.

While insights from big data will likely remain a mystery to some, there are other organizations ahead of the curve that are already employing solutions from the likes of enterprise data extraordinaires such as PolySpot. Their solutions focus on the most critical aspect of churning knowledge out of big data: connectivity and delivery.

Megan Feil, January 7, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search.

Full Service Providers Successfully Navigate and Mine the Digital Universe Resources

December 26, 2012

The various ways to utilize Big Data without suffering unnecessary storage headaches has made headlines over the past few years. Some software applications evolved early to create a cure. Steve Todd’s article “Information Playground: Technologies for the Emerging Digital Universe” rehashes the facts about M2M usage increases and the importance of processing that incoming data.

The digital universe is not emerging, as it reared its head a decade ago. Instead it is technology that is emerging, as new developers experiment with ways to manipulate and benefit from the massive amounts of incoming data:

“More and more streaming data will be ingested into in-memory, distributed data grids. The key is the in-memory, horizontal scale provided by these types of technologies. Business logic accepts streaming machine input from sensors and immediately stores them in either key-value (Gemfire) or SQL (SQLFire) format. More and more streaming machine data will be process in real-time by a technology known as CEP, Complex Event Processing. This is a method of tracking and analyzing (processing) streams of information (data) about things that happen (events), and deriving a conclusion from them.”

Thought provoking, but established developers considered these possibilities a decade ago and made provisions to navigate and mine the resources of the digital universe. We think preparing the enterprise for the continuing deluge of information will benefit from working with a full service firm such as Intrafind, whose consulting services can guide organizations through the strategy that will make the most of their data investments.

Jennifer Shockley, December 26, 2012

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

Scribe Software Leads Pack in Integrating CRM with Enterprise Search

December 21, 2012

A leader in CRM data integration recently announced impressive Q3 results and consistent growth, thanks to long-term investments, CRM integrations, and increased ISV partner adoption. Scribe Software also states that integrating CRM with enterprise-wide systems is all about accelerating business pace, according the article “Scribe Reports Consistent Year Over Year Growth, Up 22% YTD” on MarketWire.

President and CEO of Scribe Software, Lou Guercia, continued on the success of the company:

“Today’s businesses need their data and need it now — to better serve customers, to make their sales and account teams more effective and efficient, to close more sales faster, and to earn better return on their technology investments. We enable ISVs, systems integrators and businesses to integrate critical customer data while saving time and IT costs and we do it well, as our business results show."

The company was also recently recognized as one of the industry’s top software companies and for having the best cloud application, we learn in the same article.
We completely agree that successful integration of management, search, and back-end functionality is a critical component for comprehensive information solutions. Options exist and one that you may want to pursue is with IBM’s Pure system, coupled with the mature, open-source based Intrafind enterprise search solution.

Andrea Hayden, December 21, 2012

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

PolySpot Connects Data from Across the Enterprise and Beyond with Over A Hundred Connectors

December 20, 2012

It is no secret that big data is the hot topic in every business and technology oriented publication around the world. However, many businesses remain in the dark with their unanswered questions regarding the ideal information management solutions or infrastructure components to free big data from information silos. All Things D reports on information management as it pertains to our current era of big data in the article, “A New Storage Paradigm for Big Data.”

The article summarizes some of the common and notable variables that can change how a company develops their strategy for utilizing big data:

As a result of this “free” data capture, increasing information granularity, more frequent usage and extended data value, businesses, research institutions and governments are growing enormous stores of large unstructured data (increasingly video) that needs to be stored and managed. This result presents a number of challenging data storage problems: extreme scalability; affordability (in general); managing the balance between cost and easy online access; maximizing application and user access; and assuring data durability.

Solutions from big data vendors such as PolySpot serve as an ideal technology component for an enterprise that needs to enable real-time access to data for analysts to make important decisions. One highlight of this solution lies in the numerous connectors provided; we are talking about a library of over 100 connectors.

Megan Feil, December 20, 2012

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

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